Shelly Beach
Shelly Beach
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The area
Neighbourhood: Manly
A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants as well, especially along the family-oriented areas like Shelly Beach. An excellent way to experience Manly is to rent a bike and explore the dedicated bike paths and off road trails. The North Head National Park is another must-see. Located on the southern tip of Manly, North Head National Park offers great bushwalks and panoramic views of the city.

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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,245 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Lovely little cove (usually quite busy) tucked away from the main Manly areas and accessible easily by the coastal walk. We stopped here for several minutes before continuing along the coast
Written 27 February 2024
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Une_Bella
Sydney, Australia328 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Pretty beach with benches, bbq options and a cafe.. it’s also home to an aquatic reserve. Lovely cafe for drinks/snacks. Really beautiful!
Written 7 July 2023
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Hi Une_Bella, Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are very lucky to have such a pretty beach with the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve that you mentioned right on our doorstep. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. Thank you again for your review Manly Visitors Information Centre
Written 10 July 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,315 contributions
May 2023
We were staying at Sebel Manly which we do once a year and enjoy the walk from there to Shelly Beach.

Its a lovely small beach popular with divers and for snorkeling.

At this beach we try to visit The Boathouse during their daily happy hour from 2-4pm.

Its a great family beach.
Written 25 June 2023
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Hi tommomelbourne, Thank you for lovely review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoy your visits to Manly so much that you return each year. The Shelley Beach walk is absolutely beautiful and the area is full of marine life for divers and snorkelers to discover. Thank you again Manly Visitors Information Centre
Written 10 July 2023
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TrishG34
Geelong, Australia44 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
When in Sydney, take the time to walk the short distance from Manly to Shelly Beach. The scenery is a pleasure, no matter what time of year. Keep a watch for the collection of small sculptures on the rock wall as you near the beach. There is a lovely cafe at the end of the walk with good coffee and lots of snacks/meals to choose from.
Written 9 April 2023
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Hi TrishG34, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed this very special walk and spotted the collection of sculptures along the way. Thank you again for your review Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 17 April 2023
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Jennifer E
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Family
What's not to love about Manly? Beautiful beaches, lots of restaurants and shops. We stayed in an Airbnb for a week and it was so nice to be able to go and walk the Corso, take the ferry to Sydney or just enjoy one of the many beaches. Would definitely stay in this area again. Felt safe the entire time and was easy to walk everywhere. No car needed.
Written 16 March 2023
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Hi Jennifer E, We are so happy you enjoyed your time in Manly, sounds like you had a fantastic week away from home. We are very lucky here in Manly to be so close to Sydney CBD but also be spoilt with lots of beautiful nature. Thank you for sharing your experience Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 19 March 2023
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Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany3,036 contributions
Nov 2022
On a recent, warm & sunny Saturday afternoon I took a long leisurely stroll over to Shelly Beach. I was intrigued to see the number of beached human beings taking in the sun with a number of wild turkeys pecking to their hearts content in the sand. Quite a few people were also swimming in the relatively safe and quiet water here with more than a number snorkeling around the submerged rocks. I liked the fact that the walk was on good quality paths and there were more than enough places to sit on the numerous park benches to take in the sights and sounds. People watchers would find this a paradise.

For those who wanted shade there were plenty of trees to sit under both at the fringe of the beach and overhanging the path to get there from nearby Manly. And, of course, more than enough places to get a drink and/or a bite to eat. Lovely.
Written 14 November 2022
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Hi Eyekaytoo, Thank you for sharing your Shelly Beach experience with us! Shelly is a highlight for those visiting Manly, we are glad you also enjoyed your time here. Thanks again, Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 14 December 2022
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dave w
Nowra, Australia832 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Great place for swimming and snorkelling and relaxing on the sand. Great walk from manly beach. Places to eat. Paradise
Written 6 October 2022
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Hi dave w, Paradise indeed! We are glad you love Shelly Beach as much as we do. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback with us. Thanks again, Hello Manly Team
Written 14 December 2022
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185beachroad
Gordon's Bay, South Africa13 contributions
May 2022
Surrounded by indigenous bush and palm trees with stylish restaurants ready to serve, this is beautiful beach! The seawater laps in so dont expect large waves - although you can see surfers in the distance surfing in to Manly Beach. Apparently you can snorkel here and we saw several people wearing scuba gear - clearly the protected cove offers beautiful adventures. A wedding party was on the far side of the beach - a dream location and their celebration added to the pleasure of other visitors. Oh, you can drive (and park!) or take the beach walkway from Manly. there is a fabulous walk to the nature reserve at the top of the mountain (suitable for the fit and NOT the frail!) This is a LOVELY beach for romantics young and not so young!
Written 28 May 2022
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Hi 185beachroad Thank you for leaving a wonderful review and we're glad you enjoyed your day exploring Manly Beach. Yes you can snorkel in the Bay and you can see over 150 marine life. Hope you visit again soon. Thanks, Manly Visitor Information Centre
Written 12 June 2022
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Claire N
Greater Sydney, Australia122 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Great location. Water crystal clear, amazing fish. Beautiful. Cafe close by and lots of shelter and shade.
Written 19 February 2022
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Hi Claire N, Thank you for your review and so happy to hear you had an amazing experience at Shelly Beach. It really is a beautiful spot to snorkel, with so much marine life to see. Next time try one of our other nearby secluded beaches like Reef or Forty Baskets Beach along the Manly - The Spit walk. Hope to see you back again soon. Cheers, Northern Beaches Visitor Information Centre
Written 20 February 2022
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gaurav s
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India188 contributions
Dec 2021
This is a little quiet beach tucked in adjacent to north head in manly. It is not just a fantastic site for swimming in quiet waters but also a site for scuba diving as there is a conserved reef and marine zone close to beach. On a sunny day it can be pretty crowded being very small in size.
Written 18 February 2022
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Hi gaurav s, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. While Shelly can feel crowded at times, the amazing clear water makes up for it. Thanks to the Friends of Cabbage Tree Bay, snorkelers and scuba divers know all about the water conditions and wild life they'll see that day. See you soon!
Written 18 February 2022
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